Posts Tagged ‘submissions’

Open For (Story) Business November 15th!


The gates are prepped, the clock is ticking down; Cast of Wonders opens to general submissions on November 15th!

Brush up on the submission guidelines and send us your best up to 6000 word story from mid-November through the end of December.

And if you’re an author who likes to plan further ahead, check out our annual schedule. It covers when we’re planning to run our special calls and general windows in 2018.

We look forward to reading your work!

Marguerite, Dani, Katherine,
and the entire Cast of Wonders crew

Text Against Tyranny: Banned Books Week 2017


There have always been times when facts are questioned and truths threatened. When reality is malleable, and people’s opinions are not. When freedom becomes an excuse for persecution, and we’re told to fear the faces of our friends.

September 24 to September 30 is Banned Books Week, an annual international event celebrating the freedom to read and raising awareness of the immense social value of free and open access to information. To celebrate, Cast of Wonders is continuing its tradition of holding a specific submission call for new YA fiction to air that week.

2017’s theme is Text Against Tyranny: the stories some would silence, and the power of literature, in all its forms, to enlighten humanity’s darkest hours.

What We’re Looking For

It’s said that if you repeat a lie often enough, people will start believing it – stories are no exception.

In times of seismic change, the stories that matter are the ones that enrich, inspire and support us… or simply give us the strength to carry on.  We’re looking for stories of survival in difficult times, when being true to yourself can be the most dangerous choice you make.  Stories of protest – subtle or overt. We want stories that have the courage and will to change the lives and worlds of their characters… and our own.  Send us unheard voices in unexpected places — tales that transform, and truths that define.

The stories we’re looking for might not have happy endings. Sometimes it’s the journey that matters, or the path forged for others to follow. Unknowable splattery horror and slapstick comedic romps will be hard sells. Stories that focus on silencing, marginalizing or suppressing the rights of others will be summarily rejected. Religious themes are welcome but must not present as dogmatic. Political themes are strongly encouraged – soapboxes are not.

You can find detailed submission guidelines, timeline, and previous year’s stories on our Banned Books Week page.

Reopening for submissions December 15th!


Grab your favorite wintery drink (if you’re in the northern hemisphere) and your works in progress, we’re reopening for submissions! Our Submittable portal will once again accept your up to 6000 word offerings starting 15 December.

Full details including payment terms, blind manuscript format requirements, and sample contracts available in our freshly updated submission guidelines. Now’s a great time to make sure you’ve read them recently.

Don’t self reject! We publish a wide range of speculative fiction, from horror to superheroes, steampunk to hard scifi. Want to know what we’re looking for – start with our Staff Picks episodes!

Cast of Wonders is dedicated to publishing fiction that reflects the entire spectrum of the human experience. We acknowledge the realities of unconscious bias and make our best effort to account for it during our review process. Read our fuller statement in support of lowering publishing’s barriers to entry for authors from historically underrepresented backgrounds in our full guidelines.

We look forward to reading your stories!

Marguerite Kenner, editor and host
Dani Daly and Katherine Inskip, assistant editors
and the entire Cast of Wonders team

Closing For Submissions September 15th


Hello everyone!

I’m pleased to report Cast of Wonders has received a HUGE uptick in submissions since WorldCon! As we only have a few 2015 episode spaces left to fill, we’ll be closing to submissions as of September 15th to allow for timely processing of the current pile.

And stay tuned… we have a HUGE announcement coming shortly.

As always, thanks for listening!

Submission Category Update


Hello everyone! A brief update about submissions. Responses are in progress and I’ll post here again when we’re caught up.

In addition, please take a quick peek at the word counts the next time you submit a story. We’ve normalized our categories with the SWFA word counts. In brief, this means we’re no longer accepting stories over 7500 words as they fall in the novella range. We’ve done this to make sure that all our weekly episodes continue to be eligible in various industry awards under the flash and short story categories. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

As always, thanks for listening!

Submissions Update


Hello everyone! A quick note for our authors. We’re now caught up on most stories submitted before May 1st. (I have a few re-submits which require further reading.) As always, if you haven’t heard from me regarding a story submitted in this window, please drop me a line.

Due to vacation schedules, our next response round will be near the end of July. Please continue to submit stories during the lull, I look forward to reading them when I get back!